University of Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle
"I thought our guys competed tonight and fought hard tonight. But, we need to start making some shots to help win some games on the road because we are not getting to the free throw line, we were 11-14 from the free throw line which is a good percentage but 14 is not enough attempts. It happens to us on the road all the time, but it doesn't happen at home, yet it happens to us on the road for some reason. But in terms of effort, our intensity, and our pride, I think our players played with tremendous pride tonight, for that I think there is something to build on. But, a loss is never acceptable. We need to build on the positives, though, for tonight."
On Offensive Execution
"Washington is one of the best defensive teams in our league, but here is what's going on: we are dribbling the ball (too much). We want to attack the rim, we are getting nothing out of our ball screens and we are not hitting the guy when he is open on the roll. One of the things we talked about in the scouting report is, against Washington who is a good defensive team, when you drive it in the lane you are probably not going to get it to the rim. They are a good help defensive team, they have great size, they have great athleticism, so what you have to do is drive it and then kick it. Now the guy catching the ball has to drive it, and the basket is going to come on the second or third penetration, instead what we have is guys trying to make plays off the first penetration and we're trying to make home run plays instead of just penetrate and pitch, penetrate and pitch, and we'll end up with wide open shots and we need to be able to make them. If you look at our team and our field goal percentage, outside of Josh Scott, we have no guys shooting over 40 percent and we have some guys in the low 30's that are our go-to guys. At some point, we have to be able to make shots, we have to be able to make decisions and tonight our decision making wasn't very good. We had 12 turnovers which is an acceptable number, but the six assists show that we were doing everything off the dribble and we weren't converting at the rim."
On Josh Scott Battling UW C Aziz N'Diaye
"[N'Diaye] is big at 270 pounds. [Scott] is giving up size and the thing about Josh is he is giving up 40 pounds, maybe 50 pounds, to N'Diaye who is a big strong fifth-year senior. Josh struggled scoring over him tonight, and again that is where Josh needs to focus on using his quickness and his up-and-unders and keeping [N'Diaye] off balance. Josh just feels like he can score over anybody and he has been pretty good at doing it, but when you go against those 7-footers you need to keep them off balance a little bit more. With Josh Scott, he is the furthest thing from our problem, that guy has given us everything he's got and he is a freshman so were counting on a lot out of him."
On How Team Moves On
"What we have to do, is we have to just talk about the things that are important, and the things that are important is that we have to get better every day. We have to get better at our execution, we have to get better with our rebounding, all we have to think about is the next game. We can't get caught up in what our record is, who's winning and who's losing. We just have to take care of our business. We are going to get a good night's sleep tonight, we are going to sleep in wake up and fly to Pullman tomorrow we are going to practice and we are going to get better tomorrow. That is what we have to focus on is getting better every day and not worry about our record and all that and the NCAA tournament and RPI's and all that BS; that can't enter our game manner. I told our players they need to listen to each other, they need to listen to their coaches and we have to stick together. We're struggling right now, but it's not the end of the world, we need to get back to what made Colorado basketball successful earlier in the season and believe in each other. And if we do that, just concentrate on a day-to-day basis, we can get ourselves out of this thing. We can't worry about the big picture right now, we have to worry about the little picture, which is tomorrow and getting better."
University of Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"The defensive end of the floor did it for us. Our guys came out active early and dialed in and focused and set the tone for the rest of the game. Our guys did a nice job tonight defending individually and as a team. That's a good Colorado team-we know what they're capable of. We knew it was going to be a tough challenge and our guys stepped up I thought."
"If we'd have played them when we played Colorado St, they would have dominated us on the boards. I keep repeating myself, but I don't know any other answer other than we're a team now, our full team is together, we have great understanding of what we're doing. And I think that rebounding, defending, taking care of the ball, it all ties in together. I think that's why we're seeing some differences."
Team's Gritty Personality
"Before the season started, I think I had mentioned that this group was perhaps the most coachable and had the best chemistry of any team that we've had. I didn't say it was the best team, just chemistry. That's the reason we're able to do that. We don't have several guys sulking because they're not getting more shots. We're all for one and one for all. Sorry I couldn't be more creative-that's just how it is."
"You can color it any way you want to color it. I just know that when you go out and you play two games in a row and you have single digit turnovers, you hold four teams to under 40% from the field, you outrebound three out of the four, you're beginning to do things right. The only "ugly" thing if you want to call it that is that we haven't been making shots. Two out of the last four games we haven't made shots. Other than that, I think we're doing everything else ok."
Anticipating The Defensive Effort
"I saw that one day we'd be a good defensive team if we put forth the effort and concentrated, but I don't think that we've ever had a team that held four teams under forty percent. That part I didn't see coming, because we've never done it before."
Impact Of Watching Film Of Old Husky Teams
"Maybe it did. I know it had an effect on Desmond, because you could see after he watched those films he was picking up early like Bobby Jones used to do. A couple of guys have seen that. I just think that we have some veteran guys on this team who have been playing in this defensive system three or four years, so they understand it. And what we have now been able to get are some defensive playmakers. Aziz N'Diaye and Simmons have become defensive playmakers, and CJ, Scott, Abdul, and even Andrew are now making plays on the defensive end. It's been contagious. But again, I think the biggest reason is that we have experience playing this type of defense, and when everybody came together, it finally clicked in."